Lindner of Austria enters U.S. market
Lindner GmbH of Spittal, Austria, has started marketing its shredders in the United States, through Blades Machinery Co. Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Plastics Fair Chicago marked Lindner's first U.S. trade show appearance. Michael Thomsen, Lindner systems engineer, said the company plans to exhibit at NPE 2000.
Lindner makes single- and double-shaft shredders that can recycle a variety of plastic parts such as film, injection molded scrap and foam, Thomsen said
Two stationary knives mesh with easily replaceable cutter knives mounted on a spinning shaft.
Each cutter can be turned four times, which gives the machine a long life, Lindner said.
Tel. (847) 439-2126, fax (847) 439-0917.
AEC unveils various auxilary products
AEC Inc., based in Wood Dale, Ill., has rolled out several new products.
AEC/Nelmor's Marathon beside-the-press granulators can process 5-450 pounds of scrap per hour. A special side-entry hopper door swings out for access to the inside. A standard double-wall hopper with foam insulation inside provides quiet operation.
AEC/Nelmor also has replaced a metal bin that held regrind with a lightweight plastic bin, which makes removing the bin less strenuous.
Marathon granulators are being offered in an expanded range of cutting-chamber sizes.
From AEC/Application Engineering, the TrueTemp water-temperature controllers can control water as hot as 250° F. A high-temperature option takes the range to 300° F.
AEC/HydReclaim introduced its CoExpert System, an extrusion layer-thickness controller for multilayer film, wire, cable, pipe, tubing and profiles. Designed to be used with HydReclaim continuous blenders and feeders, CoExpert controls the speeds on as many as six extruders and determines the percentages of each layer.
Operators can set blender recipes remotely. Options include the ability to control line speed through weight per length, weight per area and part thickness.
AEC/HydReclaim also showed a new generation of its OL continuous loss-in-weight blenders, with new inverter-duty, alternating-current drives to replace older drives.
AEC/Whitlock introduced its SR stainless-steel vacuum receivers, featuring a sequence valve built into the hopper cover. A patent is pending.
Tel. (630) 595-1060, fax (630) 595-6641.
Granulator handles 20-foot-long profiles
Herbold Zerkleinerungstechnik GmbH introduced a special SMP granulator that automatically draws in profiles and pipe as long as 20 feet without first cutting them into sections.
A multiknife rotor pulls the product in after an operator starts it in the feed channel. The SMP also comes with a feed hopper and conveyor for moving traditional scrap parts into the granulator.
The Meckesheim, Germany, company sells through its U.S. subsidiary, Resource Recycling Systems Inc. of Smithfield, R.I.
Tel. (401) 232-3354, fax (401) 232-5425.
Vulcan Machinery expands coiler line
Vulcan Machinery Corp. of Akron, Ohio, introduced the HRC series of heavy-reel coilers, which coil extruded cable or tubing on large reels.
An ultrasonic, no-contact dancer adjusts the speed of the coiler according to the extruder speed. A powered doffing system raises and lowers the reel to the floor, or a take-off device. The doffing system can hold 1,200 pounds of product. Vulcan also offers a less-expensive, fixed-shaft configuration.
Prices for a single-spindle HRC begin at about $25,000.
Tel. (330) 376-6025, fax (330) 376-2172.
I/O control system cuts wiring amount
Allen-Bradley Co. Inc. of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, is touting its distributed input/output control system, which dramatically reduces the amount of wiring needed on a processing machine.
The company is offering Flex/IO modules that are compatible with its Pro-Set 2000 controller.
A single network wire runs from the I/O device back to the controller.
Tel. (440) 646-5000, fax (440) 646-3076.
Gammaflux offering multitier controller
Gammaflux LP of Sterling, Va., showed a new, stacked version of its hot-runner temperature controller, the multitier GLC 2K.
Gammaflux introduced the first GLC, a single-tier version, last year at K'98. The multitier model stacks three of the controllers in a cabinet.
The unit can handle 32 control zones — 12 for each of the modular controllers.
Sales director James McMillin said Gammaflux designed the controller to be simple to use. Instead of a computer screen and mouse, the GLC uses push-buttons.
Tel. (703) 471-5050, fax (703) 689-2131.
Questra replaces PBT in auto application
An official from Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich., explained a new electronic automotive application for Dow's Questra-brand syndiotactic polystyrene.
Thomas & Betts Corp. of Memphis, Tenn., injection molds four Questra parts — the housing, two internal substrates and a fuse alignment plate — for an electronic power-distribution center that will go on DaimlerChrysler Corp. minivans in 2001. Thomas & Betts does the molding at its plant in Clinton Township, Mich., near Sterling Heights, according to David Bank, a Dow senior development specialist for advanced materials.
Bank said automakers typically would use polybutylene terephthalate for that type of application. But Questra offers good performance in high humidity and heat, at less cost than PBT, he said.
Contact Dow at tel. (517) 636-3607, fax (517) 636-8785.
Nozzle gives miolds hot-runner capability
DSR Series 20 and 30 nozzles can turn a traditional mold into a hot-runner mold quickly and at a low cost, according to Osco Inc. of Rochester Hills, Mich.
DSR stands for direct sprue replacement. The nozzle fits directly into standard mold bases, replacing cold sprue bushings without the need for re-machining. The nozzle comes with a heater, thermocouple and tip.
Each nozzle assembly costs about $500.
The price of a complete assembly, including a single-zone temperature controller, is less than $1,000.
Tel. (248) 852-7310, fax (248) 852-7183.
TSM, Barron launch Upstream Systems
TSM Control Systems and Barron Inc. have formed a joint venture based in Atlanta, called Upstream Systems & Machinery, to build complete systems that take resin from railcar to extruder throat.
Upstream Systems will design, build and install systems that convey, blend and control the material.
Barron of Atlanta manufactures a line of scrap recycling systems for extrusion, including trim-removal systems, cutters and blowers, film grinders, fluff-storage hoppers and fluff-refeed machines.
TSM of Dundalk, Ireland, makes gravimetric blenders, extrusion control systems, pneumatic conveying machinery and systems to measure film width.
In other news, Upstream named PlasEquipment Inc. of Atlanta as its exclusive sales agent in the Southeast.
The company said PlastEquip President Rob Northrup, who formerly was vice president of sales at Process Control Corp., will help Upstream develop future products.
Tel. (404) 728-1430, fax (404) 321-3870.